Minecraft is a nice game to kill time, create maps and even… study. Students in Stockholm’s Viktor Rydberg school now use Minecraft to study urban planning and learn more about the environment.
“They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done and even how to plan for the future,” said Monica Ekman, a teacher at the Viktor Rydberg school.
Not so long ago the school took part in a nationwide competition called “Future City” that involved showing plans to improve the cities of the future. They used Minecraft in their projects, and after the contest was over, continued using the game in their studies. Now about 180 students play the game in class, and teachers believe it’s a good and easy way to learn.
“We think it’s a fun way of learning, and it’s nice for the students to achieve something,” Ekman said.
This is not the first time games are used in schools and colleges. For example, in the University of Florida there’s a course called “21st Century Skills in StarCraft” where students play the StarCraft game and analyze it. Besides, in Houston’s Rice University students play Skyrim (!), and it helps them study the Norse mythology and its influence on contemporary art.
Too bad we didn’t have such classes when I was a student…